The month of November 2012 provided NCAA fans with more superlative performances in women’s ice hockey. The Minnesota Golden Gophers started their season at a remarkable 16-0 mark. Dating back to last season, the Golden Gophers now own two NCAA records: Longest consecutive winning streak and longest consecutive road wins streak.
Hannah Brandt continues to make history, while making a strong case to be the first freshman in NCAA history to win the prestigious Patty Kazmaier Award. In the first 16 games of the season, Brandt had 18 goals and 25 assists for an astounding 43 points.
During November, programs such as Harvard, Dartmouth and Cornell have shown that they are ready to contend for the ECAC crown. While Jillian Dempsey continues to provide great leadership for Harvard, freshman backstop Emerance Maschmeyer shows that the future is bright. Having won her first three decisions for Harvard, Maschmeyer is emerging as a superstar in the making.
Dartmouth features an all-Canadian recruiting class, and its greatest recruit might be third generation star Laura Stacey. The great granddaughter of King Clancy, Stacey had two goals and seven assists in the first eight games of her Dartmouth career. With senior captain Camille Dumais on hand, Stacey has a great mentor to learn from.
While Cornell has eight freshmen, it boasts one of the greatest recruiting classes ever. On defense, Cassandra Poudrier is an offensive minded defender, while Morgan Richardson is a defensive-minded defender. The two freshmen both scored their first NCAA goals in the same game. As both have won gold medals with Team Canada at the IIHF Under-18 women’s worlds, the dynamic duo are poised to be anchors on Cornell’s blueline for seasons to come.